First time taking art into the workplace at Williamsburg Financial Planning office in Kitchener. Great experience.
It happened as the result of a conversation between the office manager and myself while waiting for my financial advisor to show up. I had pit the time wrong in my calendar. Those of you that know me will know that there is no “wrong” and that it was more of a divine appointment.
Janet (the Great) had a blank wall behind her desk. Janet is the office manager and keeps the whole place running. I commented on the wall, and one thing led to the next and we worked out business arrangement to fill it. Soon I was making a trip to Curry’s.
As I worked right in the office, I invited the staff to add their colors and make their marks. Janet has an expert eye for color and design. We talked intermittently throughout the process. She stayed focused on her work but took a break now and then to add her strokes… even the DHL delivery man had a turn.
He said that he never knew painting took so many decisions. “I thought it was just a bunch of scribbles!! But it is not like that at all!!” Then, with a bright smile added, “I actually forgot about work for a few minutes” as he joyfully stood in front of the painting and added a snake under the leaves
One of the men had never picked up a brush since third grade. He added such wonderful light to it with just a few heart felt strokes.
I really enjoyed getting out to where people were and synergizing with others. It is one of our most human rights, language of colour. The piece will be for sale from the office and prints will be made and ready online soon. Thank you Williamburg Financial for daring to bring “Art to Work”.